Dr. Glen Browder’s four part essay on Alabama’s new racial order and its future concludes at the Birmingham Weekly. At the end are links to the other parts of the essay.
In this installment, he discusses and cites research on the current and future state of race and Alabama politics. A brief quote:
Alabama, for example, just proved itself anew as one of the reddest of the red states. However, it is clear that overt, traditional racism has disappeared from most forums of public life in our political system and contemporary standards of political behavior increasingly mute black-white conflict in the Heart of Dixie. This is neither the “Alabama forever” pledged by George Wallace nor the “Alabama dream” envisioned by Martin Luther King; but both races in this part of the country seem to have adjusted to living in a halfway house of racialized politics.
His comments on the current status of race on Alabama politics are especially useful considering the upcoming Governor’s race.